New Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the recapture of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) is the next agenda of the Indian government.
Jitendra Singh made the statement while addressing the Mirpur Sacrifice Day program dedicated to internally displaced persons (IDP) from POK.
He said that the leadership which has the capacity and will to repeal Article 370 has the potential to regain POK from Pakistan's illegal occupation.
Speaking on the occasion of Mirpur Sacrifice Day in Delhi on Sunday, Jitendra Singh said, "earlier it was said that the PM Modi government could never remove Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. We have achieved that goal and now we will take back PoK from Pakistan."
Mirpur Sacrifice Day is celebrated on November 25. The Pakistan Army had captured the Mirpur-Kotli region of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir on November 25, 1947, and killed thousands of people.
At that time, thousands of people had fled the invasion by Pakistan and had come to Jammu and Kashmir. Tributes are paid to the slain every year on this day of sacrifice.
Jitendra Singh termed the partition of India as the biggest tragedy in history and the loss of one part of Jammu and Kashmir due to illegal occupation of Pakistan as another tragedy.
"It is more a responsibility towards human rights than politics and a national issue as our brothers in POK are living in inhumane conditions, where even basic facilities like health and education are not available," Jitendra Singh said.
During the program on Mirpur Sacrifice Day, a camp was also set up to give domicile certificates to the families who had fled from PoK and settled in Delhi.